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First time building! $1500 budget!

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February 3, 2013 9:39:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere between 2/5/2013 and 2/9/2013


Budget Range: $1500 / After Shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/ Surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: Starting completely new!


Do you need to buy OS: Yes I'm leaning torwards windows 7


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm not to picky. I'm most familiar with Amazon and Newegg. On Amazon I'm a prime member so I can get quick shipping.


Location: Missouri, There are best buys, micro centers.....all of that good stuff here!


Parts Preferences: I would like to stray from AMD


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No I will most likely use one video card.


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferably


Additional Comments: I would like for the case to look nice, a nice view of the inner workings! I would like to have some fans that light up in a cool color so it is pretty to look at. Noise isn't much of an issue as long as its not too out of hand!


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm currently playing on a laptop and i only get about 30fps in most games that I play on med-high settings and I don't like that. I want to be able to play games on max settings with a high fps. I play a lot of World of Warcraft and steam based games. My laptop gets very hot even with a cooling pad.


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I have never built a computer myself so I'm not sure what I should be putting in it, I'd like to have a SSD if possible.

I would LOVE to have a monitor with an MS around 8? Something that would perform like this monitor but perhaps a little cheaper!

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM IPS-Panel Black 23" 8ms Swivel & Height Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor with LED 300 cd/m2 2 Million:1 DCR (1000:1)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks so much in advance guys if I'm missing anything please let me know, I will be checking back frequently :D !
February 3, 2013 10:05:51 AM

Well here is something to get the ball rolling.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1473.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



CPU is as high as you want to go. i7's are not worthwhile for gaming.
CPU cooler is cheap and effective. Will get you a moderate overclock (4-4.2 GHz) if you decide to go that route.
Motherboard is good quality but also good price since you don't need full SLI or Crossfire suport.
RAM - Basically make sure its CAS 9 or less and low profile so CPU cooler doesn't obstruct it. Normally I wouldn't suggest more than 8GB for gaming but I was under budget.
SSD - I love the Vertex 4 :)  Could maybe have saved elsewhere and got a 256GB but I decided otherwise.
GPU is a beast. At 1920 x 1080 you will easily play max/ultra settings on most games.
Case - I'm not a fan of LED's and side windows so it was a tough choice! Antec make good cases though and this looks nice.
PSU - stick with Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, some Antecs... the known 'quality' brands. Don't be tempted by a cheap Coolermaster (aka crappermaster).
Monitor - not my strong area but its 23" with IPS and has a 5ms response time. Seems a good deal to me?
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February 3, 2013 10:31:04 AM

This build is pretty much THE best you can build for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1462.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 07:30 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 10:42:43 AM

Noob12 said:
You do not need 16GB of memory for gaming. 4GB is fine. 8GB is more than you need. 16GB is overkill.

Better case is fractal R4

Why vertex 4? vector is new. Or samsung 830/840Pro.



I already explained why 16GB of memory. I was under budget and thought why not!

Case - they asked for something with LED's and a windows :)  Mostly comes down to personal opinion for the case anyway. Your not going to buy unless you think it looks good.

Fair point about the SSD. Vector and 840 Pro always get great reviews. Vertex 4 is just a bit cheaper and I have one myself so I know it's good.
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February 3, 2013 8:48:00 PM

Those build's look great! I've never seen that graphics card before, is it better than the 660 ti that everyone talks about? Would i be able to run games on ultra with these builds? Feel free to post more build's :D !
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February 3, 2013 10:11:46 PM

Yes it beats the 660ti in most games besides Nvidia optimised ones. Take a look at these benchmark comparisons - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/647?vs=508

Either of the 2 builds posted so far should manage Ultra settings on the majority of games when using a single 1920 x 1080 monitor. If you moved up to a higher resolution or gaming in dual monitors you might have to turn AA down/off in some games.
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February 4, 2013 6:33:36 AM

Do any of you know if there is something maybe like a special tape to wrap the wires in inside the case that will glow under the LED'S or anything like that?
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February 4, 2013 7:18:03 AM

Kamen_BG said:
This build is pretty much THE best you can build for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1462.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 07:30 EST-0500)




I was reading reviews on the motherboard and it seem that a lot of people are having issues, have you used this motherboard yourself? If so how was your experience with it? Can you possibly suggest a couple more mother board options?
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February 4, 2013 10:27:37 AM

need os+accessories+ do u live near a microcenter?

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February 5, 2013 4:03:18 AM

Yeah i went to micro center today and priced things, i already have a headset, mouse and keyboard :)  ...Any word on some wire wrapping that would look nice?
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February 5, 2013 4:15:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BAjH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BAjH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BAjH/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.02 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1308.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 01:14 EST-0500)

should do the trick

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February 9, 2013 9:29:23 PM

Thanks so much guys! I have ordered everything I need and I'll post my final build soon! I appreciate all of the help , I wouldn't have known where to start if it weren't for Tom's Hardware :D 
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February 9, 2013 11:47:46 PM

if u need more help dont hesitate to msg me cheers.

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